The Wine Tasting Shop

Shopping, Off licences Balham
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The Wine Tasting Shop

It’s all happening in Balham if you’re feeling a little soif. Gazette, the French bistro, moved to huge new premises in March 2011; The Clarence pub had a complete refurb, opening at the same time; and a new wine-tasting shop opened on Hildreth Street within days.

Previously, Oddbins had been the pinnacle of the wine-tasting experience in Balham, but the Wine Tasting Shop is raising both glasses and stakes with a fresh selection of fine wines to sample every day. The wines are stored below inert gas, while owner Julia Michael is anything but inert – her enthusiasm for the subject bubbles over anyone crossing the threshold.

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The Wine Tasting Shop says
We specialise in smaller producers, trying to find truly expressive wines which over-deliver for the price. Tasting events every Thursday evening and most Saturday afternoons. Live blues every Friday and Saturday evenings. Try before you buy, drink by the glass or bottle and have a bite to eat, too.
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Venue name: The Wine Tasting Shop
Address: 18 Hildreth St
SW12 9RQ
Opening hours: Open 11am-9pm Mon, Tue; 11am-9pm Wed-Sat; 10am-7pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Kassie B

Always helpful, always informative and welcoming. Can't wait to try one of their wine tasting classes!

Louise H

Great concept. Friendly helpful and knowledgable staff which is what you want when buying something special. Great events too :-)

Julie E

A unique wine shop that combines excellent wine sales with tastings, friendly, expert staff and a laid back, friendly atmosphere. Love it!

Jenny R

Best place ever. Been going 5 years and I still love it as much as ever. Excellent wines, relaxed atmosphere, great tastings, super music at the weekends, and great sharing platters.

Jon R

This place is awesome. Julia and team find so many interesting and different wines you're spoilt for choice. With live music at the weekends and great sharing platters why would you go elsewhere...

Jessica E

Great variety of wine to buy and take home - or enjoy on the premises with cheese or charcuterie.

Rani E

This place is THE BEST!!! Amazing selection of wines, cool vibes, music in the evening. The French owner even arranged vouchers for me as a thank you from a house guest in New York - go now!

Camille M

The Best Wine Retailer in London - Probably the best place to hang out in Balham if you want to have fun till late in the Dungeon of Manu ! ;)


This is a fab place. Not sure I would call it simply a wine shop. At the weekends it turns into a bar reminiscent of "Cheers". Julia and Manny make everyone feel really welcome and their knowledge and enthusiasm for wine and running are infectious. They have wine tastings which are great if you don't know much about wine (no pressure just drinking nice wine). The wine is slightly more expensive than usual but I am always happy to pay extra as it's really good. Now I get why it makes sense to spend a bit more on wine.

nick e

Why buy wine at Waitrose for £8-10 which is as likely to be stale as not when WTS charges you a couple of quid more for something a lot better?